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Early Childhood Education

Study after study has documented that children living in poverty during preschool and the early school years, who do not receive high-quality early childhood education, are less likely to graduate from high school. The impact of early educational intervention has been proven to substantially benefit disadvantaged children, making investment in such programs a win-win.


Many of the children who enter the Guadalupe Center's Early Childhood Education Program come from families that have faced long periods of poverty. Not having their basic needs met has a profound effect upon children; causing them to suffer emotionally, socially, and academically. These children are dependent on others. They live in poverty, by no fault of their own, and are confronted with additional barriers that are detrimental to their future success.


Since its inception in 1996, the Early Childhood Education Program has grown into a highly sophisticated educational program for Immokalee’s youngest residents. The Guadalupe Center’s Early Childhood Education Program offers students the powerful combination of a safe, nurturing, environment and a highly-qualified, teaching staff in a state-of-the-art learning facility. These elements together form the high-quality education that is critical to removing the barriers to academic success that low-income children face.  


  • Nationally accredited by NAC since 2010 & APPLE since 2007.
  • The only preschool in Collier County to receive a 5 star rating for the 3rd consecutive year from The Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida.
  • 270 students are enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program.
  • The Guadalupe Center is among top performing early childhood programs in Collier County, and is the largest provider under one roof in Collier County.
  • Year after year, VPK students consistently score 90% or above on the kindergarten readiness assessment. We have added two additional programs to extend our services into the community. Our Smart Start program will service 50 families who are not able to get their child into an early learning center. We will be going into the community to provide home teaching strategies to the parents. In addition, we have opened 3 new early learning classrooms at Lake Trafford Elementay School. This will allow 33 additional families access to an early learning center

Did you know that 86%-98% of a child’s vocabulary by age three is derived from their parent's vocabularies?

Researchers at Rice University found that children from low-income families hear about a third of the words that their peers from higher-income families hear over the same time period... a 30 million word gap.



For every $1 invested in high-quality preschool, taxpayers save an average of $7 in future costs due to reductions in remedial education costs, increased labor productivity, and a reduction in crime.